Foster care film top-notch


November 20, 2008|By DAVID ZURAWIK

Foster care in Maryland is brought into sharp focus tonight on MPT through a documentary produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker William A. Whiteford. Foster Care Stories: A Place to Be will air in conjunction with a live phone bank that viewers can call (800-222-1292) to get more information about the state's foster care resources.

Whiteford, who shares an Oscar and Peabody Award with Susan Hannah Hadary for their 1999 HBO film, King Gimp, is one of the most sensitive storytellers working in film. Through his longtime collaboration with Hadary in making films about children and older adults facing special challenges, he has developed a deft touch for stories like the ones he tells about kids in foster care.

I have not been the biggest fan of MPT's local productions. I understand as well as anyone public broadcasting's limited resources. But I have long thought MPT could spend what it has for local productions in better ways - especially given the talented directors and producers in this area.

I cannot tell you how happy I am to see MPT working with the likes of Whiteford. I hope the momentum continues. (9:30 p.m., MPT-Channels 22 and 67)

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